Blenheim Grove, London SE15
Developer: Unboxed Homes
Architect: Poulsom Middlehurst
About The Development
Blenheim Grove is a development of customisable houses and apartments in Peckham Rye, just 10 minutes from London Bridge. The project arose because local Peckham residents were looking for ways to live a sustainable life in London as a result of the lack of availability and the market rate of houses in the area.
Designed by local architects, Poulsom Middlehurst, and developed by Unboxed Homes, the homes are crafted with the Solidspace DNA inside, a distinctive split-level layout that allows each room to be spacious and naturally lit. With the double height voids, it removes the need for landings and hallways. The houses are set over 3 stories with a roof terrace, bike storage and affordable running costs.
About the developer
Unboxed Homes was founded by Gus Zogolovitch, who has a strong belief that everybody deserves to live in low energy, high-quality houses that are customised to the needs of the inhabitants. With a higher standard of homes, they elevate the standard of sustainable and environmentally friendly homes while putting people at the heart of every design. They are constantly finding new ways to push their projects beyond its boundaries.
About the Architect
Based in South London, Poulsom Middlehurst was founded by architects Amy Poulsom and Jane Middlehurst in 2011. As a practice, they value a close working relationships with clients which offers a more accessible and collaborative strategy to architecture. They believe it is essential to be clear about the design and construction process. They work creatively with both ideas and budgets in order to achieve the best value.
Press and Awards
Shortlisted for the “Don’t move, improve!” award in 2016 for their project at Reighton Road and was part of the public exhibition housed in the Building Centre on Store Street in London.
Voted the unanimous winner by the audience and jury at the RIBA’s Guerilla Tactics.
The Blenheim Grove project was published as a case study for the NLA’s Insight Study into ‘New Ideas for Housing’.
Exhibited as part of ARENA’s Re-imagining Rurality conference at the University of Westminster.
Grand Designs Magazine featured Reighton Road as part of their ‘Roof Extension Special Edition’.
With the array of practicality studies produced and the planning and development consults provided by AZ Urban Studio.
In the past 20 years, Peckham has been significantly revitalised with the emergence of galleries, restaurants and bars. A £290 million regeneration plan during the late 1990s, in addition to an inundation of artists and improvements to transport links have had an immensely positive impact in the area.
Peckham Rye is central to the area and it encompasses 2 large green spaces: the wilder common to the north and the park to the south. The Victorian park, which has been redecorated, now features ornamental gardens, streams and woodlands, in addition to a cafe and adventure playground. Peckham also borders Burgess Park, which is Southwark’s largest green space. It is furnished with football and cricket pitches and a large playground, as well as a BMX track.
Road The M25 is 45 minutes away.
Train Queens Road Peckham and Peckham Rye stations have regular services to London Bridge (10 and 12 mins respectively), in addition to being on the London Overground network.
Bike There are dedicated covered cycle stands at Peckham Rye station, monitored by CCTV.
Bus There are many buses that go through Rye Lane, including 37 (to Putney), 343 (to City Hall), 63 (to King’s Cross), 484 (to Lewisham) and 12 (to Oxford Circus).
Getting Away Gatwick is about an hour away by car, or easily accessible by train via Clapham Junction.
Creating your own home from the ground up is a monumental task. But there is another option for buyers seeking something more personal. With a “custom build”, you work alongside a specialist self-build developer.
You can buy an off-plan property which the developer will allow you to customise. Building firms can also gather a group of would-be homeowners who then become the clients, and the company acts as their contractor to help with finding a site and designing their homes.
Another option on offer at the moment would be to buy a house at Blenheim Grove, Peckham, a boutique development by Unboxed Homes on a once derelict plot. The land was bought by Unboxed last year and it now has planning permission to build five houses. It will build the super-structure of the homes, leaving the fitting out to the new owners.
– Ruth Bloomfield, The Evening Standard, Homes & Property
"We knew the house was interesting as soon as we set foot in it for the first time but the peaceful, light-filled, house that we were attracted to has more than exceeded our expectations providing us with a family home that is a delight to live in."
- Paul, Essex Mews
"It's a fabulous, fabulous development."
- Magdalena, Shepherdess Walk